Conversations on Health Care is a radio show about the opportunities for reform and innovation in the health care system. In addition to health care headlines, the centerpiece of each show is a feature story and conversation with an innovator in the delivery of care from around the globe.
Co-hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter each bring four decades of experience in overcoming the barriers that block access to care in their work at community health centers. Their conversations with creative thinkers and doers from all parts of the field will enlighten and inspire all who believe that Health Care is a Right, Not a Privilege. Conversations is broadcast from WESU on the campus of Wesleyan University, and is underwritten by Community Health Center, Inc.
The December 2, 2009 show features an interview with Dr. Thomas Bodenheimer; designing a 21st century approach to patient-centered care. It is also the first week of WESU's 2 week long pledge drive.
The December 16, 2009 show has a centerpiece conversation with Dr. Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins Critical Care Physician) about his innovative checklist and more.
On the December 23, 2009 show Mark and Margaret speak with Dr. Karen Davis, president of The Commonwealth Fund, a national philanthropy engaged in independent research on health and social policy issues.
January 20, 2010: Conversations on Health Care starts a new year off with T.R. Reid, author of the best selling book "The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Health Care." We also welcome Loren Bonner into the fold as our new producer.
January 27, 2010: This week Mark and Margaret speak with United States Congressman James E. Clyburn (D-SC) in the spotlight interview.
February 3, 2010: Mark and Margaret talk to Dr. Gail Wilensky, an economist and a senior fellow at project HOPE, an international health foundation.
February 10, 2010: Mark and Margaret are joined by a fellow at The Urban Institute and an expert on health care policy, Dr. Robert Berenson.
February 17, 2010: Dr. Thomas Lee, Professor of Medicine and Health Policy at Harvard University and C.E.O. of Partners Health Care, joins Mark and Margaret in conversation.
February 24, 2010: Mark and Margaret speak with Thomas Goetz, author of "The Decision Tree: Taking Control of Your Health In The New Era Of Personalized Medicine."
March 3, 2010: Uwe Reinhardt, the James Madison Professor of Political Economy at Princeton University, a prominent scholar in health care economics and a frequent speaker and author on subjects ranging from the war in Iraq to the future of Medicare, joins the program in conversation.
March 10, 2010: Mark and Margaret speak with Congressman John Dingell, the longest serving Representative and the third longest serving Congressman ever; currently of Michigan's 15th district.
March 17, 2010: Dr. Satcher joins the program in a conversation with Mark and Margaret. Dr. David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D. FAAFP, FACPM, FACP is an American physician, and public health administrator. He was a four-star admiral in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and served as the 10th Assistant Secretary for Health, and the 16th Surgeon General of the United States.
March 31, 2010: Charles N. Kahn III ("Chip") is one of the nation's most notable and quotable experts on health policy, Medicare payment, health care financing, and the uninsured. He joins Mark and Margaret in conversation this week.
April 7, 2010: Mark and Margaret are joined by the esteemed AMA President-Elect Dr. Cecil Wilson.
April 14, 2010: This week Stuart Altman joins Mark and Margaret on the air. Stuart Altman is a Professor of National Health Policy at Brandeis University and Health Care Economist.
April 21, 2010: Danielle Ofri is a noted essayist, editor, and practicing internist in New York City. She is an attending physician at Bellevue Hospital, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine. She joins Mark and Margaret on this edition of Conversations On Health Care.
April 28, 2010: This week Ed O'Neil, Director of the Center for the Health Professions and Professor in the School of Family and Community Medicine at U.C. San Francisco, joins Mark and Margaret in conversation.
May 12, 2010: This week Mark and Margaret are joined by the Governor of Colorado, Bill Ritter.
May 19, 2010: Mark and Margaret speak with their guest, Mark T. Bertolini (President of Aetna).
May 26, 2010: Mark and Margaret interview Mildred Thompson on the subject of childhood obesity.
June 2, 2010: This week Mark and Margaret are joined by Dr. Brent James, chief quality officer at Intermountain Healthcare.
June 9, 2010: The spotlight guest on the air this week is Howard Adelman.
June 16, 2010: Today, Mark and Margaret are joined by Dr. Paul Grundy, IBM's Global Director of Health Care and President of the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative.
June 23, 2010: Mark and Margaret speak on the topic of obesity with Dr. Amelie Ramirez.
June 30, 2010: Congresswoman Lois Capps joins Mark and Margaret on the air in conversation.
July 7, 2010: Dr. Robert Petzel joins Mark and Margaret in conversation.
July 14, 2010: Our guest this week is Todd Park.
July 21, 2010: Mark and Margaret speak with Lowell Weicker.
July 28, 2010: The guest on the air this week is Dr. Bill Kassler.
September 8, 2010: Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan joins Mark and Margaret in conversation.
September 15, 2010: Dr. Michael McGinnis, from the Institute of Medicine, joins the conversation
September 22, 2010: Mark and Margaret speak with Dr. James Weinstein from Dartmouth
September 29, 2010: Tina Tchen joins Mark and Margaret from the White House.
October 6, 2010: U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin joins us.
October 13, 2010: Palliative care expert Dr. Diane Meier joins us.
October 20, 2010: Our guest this week is Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone.
October 27, 2010: Dr. Mark Smith from the California Health Care Foundation joins us today.
November 3, 2010: Author and patient-safety advocate Rosemary Gibson joins us today.
November 10, 2010: Dr. Andrew Morris-Singer from Primary Care Progress joins us today.
November 17,2010: Senator Tom Daschle speaks to us today about his new book on the passage of health care reform.
November 24, 2010: Mark and Margaret speak with former HHS Secretary Donna Shalala about the future of nursing.
December 01, 2010: Dr. David Mayer joins us today to speak about transparency in health care.
December 08, 2010: John O'Brien from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration joins us on the show today.
December 15, 2010: Dr. Howard Koh, HHS Assistant Secretary for Health, joins us today.
December 22, 2010: Maureen Bisognano from IHI joins us today.
December 29th, 2010: End-of-year wrap up.
January 05, 2011: Dr. Carolyn Clancy from AHRQ joins us today.